Man charged with stalking Serena Williams in Fla.
A man was charged with stalking tennis star Serena Williams
after police say they caught him trying to walk into her gated
subdivision in South Florida.
Palm Beach Gardens police said 40-year-old Patenema Ouedraogo
told officers he was going to Williams’ home Monday night ”because
he loves her” and ”he knows the feelings are reciprocal.”
An attorney for Williams said he had recently obtained a
restraining order after Ouedraogo tried to contact the player three
Subdivision security guards stopped Ouedraogo as he walked in a
few minutes after Williams’ sister, Venus, returned home, police
said. The guards had been told to call police immediately if they
saw someone matching Ouedraogo’s description.
It was unclear if Ouedraogo has an attorney. He is being held on
According to the police report, Serena Williams’ attorney,
Malcolm Cunningham, got a restraining order to keep Ouedraogo away
from Williams after he followed her to a meeting with her agent in
Los Angeles in October.
Cunningham told police Ouedraogo pretended to be Williams’
assistant in Tampa earlier this year while she was at the Home
Shopping Network. Ouedraogo allegedly convinced HSN security he
worked for Williams and was given access to her dressing room.
Williams had him escorted from the building, but Ouedraogo waited
outside for the rest of the day.
Cunningham said Ouedraogo also followed Williams to a radio
interview in South Florida last month and demanded to speak with
”It’s been unsettling for her,” Cunningham said in an
interview Tuesday. ”He continues to show up places, including her
On Monday, Palm Beach Gardens police say Ouedraogo told them he
knew where Williams would be because he’d been following her on
Police said they found in Ouedraogo’s backpack a book written by
Williams and a letter to actor Tyrese Gibson asking him to arrange
a meeting between Ouedraogo and Williams.
Ouedraogo called Williams ”his dream soul mate” and said he
would ”do anything to meet her and let her know,” according to